183Re: [Authentic_SCA] Vocal music and Languages
- Mar 5, 2001
> Absolutely and unequivocably, perform a piece in its original language.Wow, how can I argue with that? :)
> But a really excellent performerThat is my hope, but one can sometimes get bored with a foreign-language
> can interpret the music and carry across the full sense of emotion without
> changing the words. And then, even if people can't fully comprehend the
> lyrics, they will understand the _sense_ of the song, which is fully as
song if it's longer than a few verses and the emotion varies little
throughout. That's why I love doing The Poema de Mio Çid (El Cid) and other
epics like Beowulf because there are so many varying emotions one can play
on. Ha ha, you should've heard me screaming "denme mis espadas" (give me
back my swords!)...I'm sure all adjacent camps were wondering "what on
> He hasn't fully converted me to using an Elizabethan accent,Soon, my pretty... ;)
> And you may be surprised at how well yourYes, Romance language pieces are ideal because words can be recognized by
> audience picks up on what's being sung.
the audience when properly emoted...
> I haven't had more thanReally? Not a word? ;)
> elementary-school Spanish, and yet I've never missed a word of Moshe's
> stunning rendition of "El Cid."
> The two of us often do a drinking songOh yes, I'd forgotten about that! I suppose it's because we sing it so
> from the Carmina Burana, which is in medieval Latin, and it's never failed
> to be a hit among our College and at arts competitions.
lasciviously that people can't help but be amused that period songs can be
so interesting. :)
> All the same, I appreciate immensely the efforts of anyone who tries to beHonestly, though, that was the incident that started my crusade for period
> even a little authentic in their music! What really bugs me is refusal to
> even attempt it, like this guy who once wandered into our bardic circle and
> said, "I don't play period music, that stuff's boring."
> My personal favorite group is the Boston Camerata; they'reAh, the Boston Camerata folks are my pantheon! Anne Azema (the main female
> done a superb Carmina Burana, gorgeous Cantigas de Santa Maria, and a truly
> lovely Elizabethan album featuring works by Dowland, Campion, Byrd, Morley,
> et al.
vocalist) is a GODDESS. I'm not kidding, check out their recordings. Even
if they're doing non-period music (like 19th c. American folk hymns and
spirituals, or Shaker songs) the performances are top-notch, as is the
research. Joel Cohen (the director) also directs another ensemble, Camerata
Mediterranea, dedicated to the exploration of the early Mediterranean
My favorite medieval music ensemble is Altramar. They have two excellent
programs of medieval tri-cultural Iberian music ("Iberian Garden"), and an
excellent album of medieval Celtic music ("Crossroads of the Celts"). the
liner notes are just as enjoyable as the music--they really do their
research and are incredibly intuitive in their performance choices. Let's
see, who else...Sinfonye and the Dufay Collective, Terra Nova Consort...
Qu'er non es grazitz lunhs mestiers
menhs en cort que de belh saber
de trobar -- qu'auzir e vezer
hi vol hom mais captenhs leugiers
e critz mesclatz ab dezonor.
--Guiraut Riquier, 1292
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